CategoryHow to

How to get your credit report in South Africa

H

tl;dr: I recommend these guys. In the same way that countries are rated by their creditworthiness –how likely they are to pay back their debt and the rate of interest they need to pay– individuals also have a score which serves as a financial résumé of sorts. In this article, I’ll discuss what your credit score is and how to get a credit report in South Africa. What is a credit...

Bitcoin to rand – price calculator and chart

B

The price of Bitcoin is measured in a currency like US Dollar (USD) or South African rand (ZAR) . Here’s a quick Bitcoin to rand price calculator and graph.

This price is set on Bitcoin exchanges all over the world by consumers buying and selling it. Since each Bitcoin exchange operates independently, the market force of buyers and sellers will set the price independently on that exchange.

How to buy international stocks from South Africa

H

Some South Africans want exposure to international stocks and ETFs. Reasons could range from just diversifying their investment portfolio, a devaluing rand, weak domestic and emerging market growth, local political shenanigans… or just playing around with some spare change to learn how these things work. Although there are some powerful trading platforms available to South Africans, the...

Removing malware from first line of WordPress PHP pages

R

Kudos to Carel van Wyk, for helping out with this one. I’m releasing it into the wild here to help other people who might have the same problem. The problem There are bots trying to gain access to websites, email and social media accounts, all the time. Don’t take it personally; they’re simply looking for (usually known) weaknesses to exploit and then once they’re in, they use your account to...

How to make an international transfer with TransferWise

H

Having made my fair share of international transfers, I was mildly blown away by the speed and simplicity of TransferWise. For this very type of transaction, it blows banks, Paypal and yes (with the limited liquidity in markets) Bitcoin out of the water and is part of the reason I’m convinced Bitcoin isn’t a viable solution for remittances yet. I decided to take step-by-step screen...

Separate your transactional and marketing emails

S

Companies send out two very distinct, very different types of emails (or at least, they should). Transactional (or business) emails relate to the specific individual: welcome emails, invoices for payment, lost password requests, scheduled system downtime and the like. Marketing (or newsletter) emails relate to things that the individual might find interesting such as new features, opinion...

Code Corps (dot org) is in beta!

C

Note: I was approached by volunteers for the Bernie Sanders 2016 US presidential campaign who now run the Code Corps project. I am not affiliated or involved with CodeCorps anymore. So, I decided to start a charitable enterprise. The idea is to provide free coding and design lessons (both in person and online). Ladies and gentlemen, I present: Code Corps. The financial aim is to make money (by...

How to get rid of auto-recovery PSB files in Photoshop

H

I work with Photoshop all the time. This makes it particularly annoying when, for weeks on end, it kept auto-recovering an old PSB file I was working on, no matter how many times I closed (or saved) it. The solution is actually quite simple and obvious: Simply right click on the PSB file and select Reveal in Finder: Now take that file (or if there’s more than one, all of them) and delete...

How to make your phone number clickable on your website

H

Scenario: I’m walking down the street, trying to get in touch with a recommended restaurant to see if they have space available. Expected user experience: Do a Google search for the number, find it, tap it, call them (and hopefully find a table). Search, find, tap call. Actual user experience: Using my smartphone, I did a Google search for their name, found their website and tapped through...

Procrastination and Plugins: Read it later with Readability and Pocket

P

“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.” – Don Marquis Working for an online company — or just having a constant internet connection at the office, at home and on your mobile devices on the go — it gets really easy to be distracted by digital interruptions. The never-ending emails, the torrent of tweets (mostly linked to pages, some which might even...

About me

Werner van Rooyen

I'm involved with Business Development and Marketing at the fast-moving Bitcoin Exchange, Luno. Active in South Africa, Nigeria, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.